THE GREEK THEATRE, Los Angeles - Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne performed at The Greek Theatre on Sunday in the promotion of his 7th studio album Part of The Light, which was released May 18th on RCA Records. Over 5,000 fans were treated to a performance of the new record played nearly in its entirety. Missing from the set was "No Answer Arrives." The set also featured 6 songs from 2014's Supernova, as well as "Hey, No Pressure" the fiery lead single from 2016's Ouroboros. Noticeably absent from the show was anything recorded from his first four albums.
LaMontagne's previous two records were each produced by an accomplished rock band frontman. Supernova was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and Ouroboros was produced by My Morning Jacket's Jim James. Part of The Light, however, was written and produced by Ray LaMontagne himself and in some ways is a career-spanning record which paints an intimate portrait of the singer which is evident on such songs as "Let's Make It Last", but is quick to ignite a range of emotions with the help of LaMontagne's scintillating psychedelic sound which can be heard on the explosive "As Black As Blood Is Blue."
At dusk the very attentive crowd sat under the stars at The Greek and listened to LaMontagne's voice echo throughout Griffith Park. During the concert, LaMontagne addressed the crowd only once before the final curtain, a gesture of gratitude in the middle of the set thanking the crowd for coming out. Known for keeping much of his life private, he was able to introduce his new music to fans without the need to play the songs that initially garnered their admiration. A great songwriter does not need to explain how and why a song was written, they just need to perform it.